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Indicators of food and water security in an Arctic Health context - results from an international workshop discussion
Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Nutritional Research. (Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2354-7258
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2013 (English)In: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, ISSN 1239-9736, Vol. 72, 21530- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In August 2012, a literature search with the aim of describing indicators on food and water security in an Arctic health context was initialized in collaboration between the Arctic Human Health Expert Group, SDWG/AHHEG and the AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme within the Arctic Council) Human Health Assessment Group, AMAP/HHAG. In December 2012, workshop discussions were performed with representatives from both of these organizations, including 7 Arctic countries. The aim of this article is to describe the workshop discussions and the rational for the 12 indicators selected and the 9 rejected and to discuss the potential feasibility of these. Advantages and disadvantages of candidate indicators were listed. Informative value and costs for collecting were estimated separately on a 3-level scale: low, medium and high. Based on these reviews, the final selection of promoted and rejected indicators was performed and summarized in tables. Among 10 suggested indicators of food security, 6 were promoted: healthy weight, traditional food proportion in diet, monetary food costs, non-monetary food accessibility, food-borne diseases and food-related contaminants. Four were rejected: per-person dietary energy supply, food security modules, self-estimated food safety and healthy eating. Among 10 suggested indicators of water security, 6 were promoted: per-capita renewable water, accessibility of running water, waterborne diseases, drinking-water-related contaminants, authorized water quality assurance and water safety plans. Four were rejected: water consumption, types of water sources, periodic water shortages and household water costs.

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CoAction Publishing, 2013. Vol. 72, 21530- p.
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food security, water security, indicators, Arctic people, public health, climate change
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82835DOI: 10.3402/ijch.v72i0.21530ISI: 000325724200001OAI: diva2:663309

This work was supported by grants from Nordforsk, which is acknowledged.

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